- It had to be compact - I didn't think my wife would welcome a full sized jukebox in our dining room
- I wanted it to look sleek and modern
- I wanted it to play movies
- I wanted it to work like a real jukebox, with scrolling titles and dropping in quarters to choose tracks
- I didn't want it to look or feel anything like a computer
I love my jukebox - it sounds great, it's small and easy to use, and I have over 100 albums and 100s of singles on it. I have a sound effect for coins dropping in each time you hit the credit button, and between each song there's the sound effect of a jukebox mechanism fetching a record, placing it on a turntable, and the crackling as the needle hits the groove. I've also labelled all the buttons since I took these photos. The whole thing is really easy to move around - I've even been known to wheel it outside to listen to on my front porch.
Jukebox Number 2
My father-in-law also liked it and wanted one too, but he preferred a more old fashioned look. I had a great idea to build one for his birthday as a surprise and model it on an old wurlitzer with the curved top. This was a completely different challenge and I had the chance to build in several things I wanted in the other one but didn't have room for, like a real coin mechanism to generate credits for jukebox plays (I just used a button in mine). Nancy did a great job on the stain and I was really pleased with the way this one came out too.
Oh, in case you're wondering, I'm not so mean that I'd make him put quarters in each time he wanted to use it. I programmed a button combination to override the credits. My wife overruled my idea to put a lockbox inside to hold the quarters which I could then empty each time we visited :-)